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Laporte starts alongside Dias and Stones as Foden benched for Man City

Phil Foden (£6.2m) is the only Fantasy Premier League asset of note to fall foul of Pep Guardiola’s rotation policy in Gameweek 22.

The England international had started each of the last three league matches but finds himself on the bench for Manchester City’s trip to Burnley tonight.

He is joined there by Kyle Walker (£6.1m) and Oleksandr Zinchenko (£5.5m) who appear to have lost their full-back place to Aymeric Laporte (£6.0m) in Gameweek 22.

The Frenchman has managed to secure a start alongside Ruben Dias (£6.0m), John Stones (£5.2m) and João Cancelo (£6.0m) suggesting he is back in the left-back role has been known to play in the past.

It is worth saying that his inclusion could mean a back-three for Manchester City with Cancelo used in a midfield role.

Ilkay Gündogan (£5.8m) extends his run of Premier League starts to 10 matches as he is included in midfield alongside Rodri (£5.3m) and Bernardo Silva (£7.4m).

Whether or not he has the opportunity to press into dangerous areas could depend on Gabriel Jesus (£9.2m) though.

As we recently discovered, the Brazilian’s presence in the team usually limits how close Gündogan gets to the goal and he leads the line tonight, flanked by Raheem Sterling (£11.6m) and Riyad Mahrez (£8.1m). The Algerian has scored in each of his last four Premier League meetings with Burnley.

As ever, the Clarets turn up in a 4-4-2 formation but they are not quite at full-strength.

Chris Wood (£6.2m) and Ashley Barnes (£6.0m) are both missing with injury which means Jay Rodriguez (£5.8m) and Matej Vydra (£4.8m) lead the line.

Meanwhile, Jack Cork (£5.0m) earns his second league start of the campaign in light of Josh Brownhill‘s (£4.9m) enforced absence with a foot problem.

Charlie Taylor (£4.5m) remains sidelined with a hamstring injury so Erik Pieters (£4.3m) keeps his place at left-back.

Elsewhere, Leicester travel to Fulham with Brendan Rodgers following through on his promise to select a replacement for Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) based on the fixture.

After two matches at centre-forward, Ayoze Pérez (£6.0m) moves into a right-wing berth, pushing Marc Albrighton (£5.3m) to the bench and allowing Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.6m) to start up-front.

Harvey Barnes (£6.9m), who has blanked just once in his last seven Premier League appearances, starts on the left-hand side of the attack while James Maddison (£7.3m) is in the hole.

Rodgers has also tweaked defensive personnel following a 3-1 home defeat to Leeds with Hamza Choudhury (£4.7m) coming in for holding midfield Nampalys Mendy (£4.3m) while Wesley Fofana (£5.0m), stricken with a hamstring problem drops out for Çaglar Söyüncü (£5.3m).

Ricardo Pereira (£5.9m) earns his first Premier League start of 2020/21, coming in for the injured Timothy Castagne (£5.7m).

Fulham keep faith in their 3-4-3 formation although Kenny Tete (£4.3m) replaces the benched Bobby De Cordova-Reid (£5.3m) as the right wing-back.

After starting, and assisting, against West Bromwich Albion, Aleksandar Mitrovic (£5.5m) leads the Fulham attack with Ademola Lookman (£5.0m) and Ruben Loftus-Cheek (£5.9m) either side of him and Ivan Cavaleiro (£5.3m) on the bench.

Gameweek 22 Starting Line-ups

Burnley XI: Pope; Pieters, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Westwood, Cork, Gudmundsson; Vydra, Rodriguez.

Manchester City XI: Ederson; Laporte, Dias, Stones, Cancelo; Gündogan, Rodri, B Silva; Sterling, Jesus, Mahrez.

Fulham XI: Areola; Adarabioyo, Andersen, Aina; A Robinson, Anguissa, Reed, Tete; Lookman, Mitrović, Loftus-Cheek.

Leicester City XI: Schmeichel; Justin, Söyüncü, Evans, R Pereira; Choudhury, Tielemans; H Barnes, Maddison, Pérez; Iheanacho.

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1,424 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ivantys
      3 months, 1 day ago

      Pep closing up shop if he subs out Gundo at half time.

      1. Rupert The Horse
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Yeah annoying when he came off on 51 minutes.

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 1 day ago

            I don't mind him being subbed off but they are totally useless when he's not in the pitch.

            1. Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Yeah okay

      2. Salan
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 11 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Man City didn't bench Gundo or Sterling or Cancelo before the Sunday match.

        Liverpool will also not bench Salah or TAA before the Sunday match.

        1. AC/DC AFC
          • 5 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Man City likely to rotate.

          Salah will start 95%

          1. AC/DC AFC
            • 5 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Of games when fit.

          2. KAPTAIN KANE
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Hope that 95% means tonight 🙂

          3. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Not rotate today and Sunday match.

            Both Man City and Liverpool will go in full speed for these two matches

        2. Rupert The Horse
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 8 Years
          3 months, 1 day ago

          Two very different managers.

          1. Salan
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 11 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            But they both put the strongest team today and will also be on Sunday

      3. Mr. O'Connell
        • 8 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        Checking the score and just knowing that Justin would be the one to score.

      4. Bookkeeper
        • 4 Years
        3 months, 1 day ago

        If Justin busted your rank then wait until 2nd half when Pep busts it further by subbing your City assets before the 60 mark!!

        1. ivantys
            3 months, 1 day ago

            My guess is 59:50

          • shiraz
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Hoping they will keep passing around when pep going to sub them out

          • Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            3 months, 1 day ago

            Anyone else with only Gundo, Stones, Cancelo and Bruno so far?

            25pts from 4 but dropping 30k 🙁

            1. TheDragon
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Snap (Dias over Stones)

              10 points behind the top10k and failing - ridiculous week

            2. Winners900
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Same, but Dias instead of Stones

            3. Nanoelektronicar
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Here, but I think we have a player less on average, and they played their captains already.

              1. Top Lad Dakes. - all chips …
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                I guess.... no Leicester and only Bruno (non-captain) for United is killing

            4. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              o/

              Same 4 except Cancelo for Dias.

              72.08% OR drop so far.

            5. shiraz
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Dropped 70k with just those 4 played

              • F_Ivanovic
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Only Cancelo,Bruno and Dias for me.

            6. el polako
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Justin on my bench is going to haunt me.
              Hey ho part of the game I guess.

              1. Cometh The Aouar...
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Likewise

              2. AC/DC AFC
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Yep.

                And if Salah doesn't start or Antonio and Bruno captain...

              3. beetlejuice
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                why on earth you bench justin vs fulham

                1. el polako
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Because I played Dias, Cancelo and Dallas.

                  1. beetlejuice
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Dallas does not always play advanced. And it is Everton. But hey ho!

                    1. el polako
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 3 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      Everton conceded 2 at home to Championship outfit.

            7. Daniel - Maquire or Hendo?
              • 11 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Justin rank killer. Sold him for Maguire in the blank so not that bad

              1. Jindaljain
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Why not AWB?

                1. The Train Driver
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 5 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Another captain hindsight spotted... Crawling everywhere...

              2. Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Maguire has been giving points consistently and has amazing fixtures. You made the right call!

            8. Cometh The Aouar...
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 8 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Anyone for a cheeky captain punt on Watkins this GW v Arsenal?

            9. circusmonkey
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 10 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Is there a watchalong tonight and where do they tell us?

            10. Little Red Lacazette
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Justin is highly enough owned to hurt non-owners like myself.

              1. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Same, dropped 40K 🙁

              2. Amey
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Aye

              3. DA Minnion (In Bielsa we tr…
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Yeah rank killer extraordinaire.

              4. Mr. O'Connell
                • 8 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                No point looking mid gameweek. I know it's bad, so I'll pretend it didn't happen.

              5. circusmonkey
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 10 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Sold him on my week 6 wildcard ):

              6. estheblessed
                • 6 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Hopefully he doesn't get a cleansheet

            11. Niho992
              • 2 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Terrible GW, especially if City concede and Leicester keep CS

            12. Duke Silver ☑
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 6 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Rumoured Liverpool team. Take with a pinch of salt though.

              https://twitter.com/Ifcnews__/status/1357038537594576901

              1. Rainer
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Tsimikas 😮

                1. JBG
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Hopefully he plays 90min and no show from Robbo.

              2. Niho992
                • 2 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                is he reliable

                1. Threat Level Midnight
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Well you're not and youve been spreading crap all day. So stfu and move along

              3. teddypicker
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Someone translate

              4. KAPTAIN KANE
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                What number is Salah again lol

                1. g40steve
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  11

            13. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Just saw the Sterling goal.

              Gundogan = KGB.

              1. The Train Driver
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Didn't know Gundo was from East Berlin...

              2. KGFC
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Gundo is Russian??? 😮

              3. Kellz86
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Uhhhh

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Have no fear, comrade.

            14. Steve The Spud
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 1 Year
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Boom! Areola save point!

              Get in

            15. Sgt Frank Drebin
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 4 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              I see that Justin once again destroys my rank

            16. Salarrivederci
              • 5 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Benched Justin, but it was between him and AWB so I guess I can't complain.

              Chances of a Salah/Antonio/Watkins no show?

            17. Kellz86
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Held Justin nearly all season, what a differential!

            18. Bobby Digital
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Slash isn't real?

            19. Hazz
              • Fantasy Football Scout Member
              • 3 Years
              3 months, 1 day ago

              Shocked at the number of people that benched Justin vs Fulham.

              Or Gundogan vs. Burnley for that matter??

              1. Esalman
                • 11 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                It was between Justin and Coufal for me. I have 4 other players from whm-avl so I benched Coufal.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  That feels like an obvious decision to make to be honest.

                  1. Esalman
                    • 11 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Yeah not much benching headache for me since I have 2 non playing fodders on the bench.

              2. Salarrivederci
                • 5 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Had to bench one of: AWB, Justin, Watkins and Antonio.

            20. ivantys
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Don't own Justin but hopefully Fulham doesn't score as I want win my cup game.

              • Dybala10
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Maddison, what a lovely (differential) pick you’ve been the last month.

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Yeah. To be fair, it kind if came out of nowhere one week. Fair play if you got in early. Has sustained it though.

              • Isco Disco
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                Omg! JUSTINNNNNNNN
                I know I’m a lil late to the party but I just saw that he scored a beautiful goal.
                Get inn my boi! He’s one of the only 3 players I haven’t transferred since it since GW 1

                1. Pumpy Pro
                  • 11 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  I am sure everyone on here has written that down. One to remember

              • Pep Roulette
                • 3 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                DCL to Bamford or Watkins?

                1. Hazz
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 3 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  DCL blanked already?

              • Sgt Frank Drebin
                • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                • 4 Years
                3 months, 1 day ago

                And btw Maddison is truly on fire. If only I had 1 more place in midfield I would go for him

              • BeWater
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Need Justin to pull a Bednarek second half.

                • Little Red Lacazette
                  • 4 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Oh lordy,

                  My ML pal has both Justin and Maddy. 🙁

                  1. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Mine too.

                  2. Lazaretti
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    My cup rival has both = I am going to be out of the cup

                    1. Little Red Lacazette
                      • 4 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      Oh my..

                      1. Lazaretti
                        • 3 Years
                        3 months, 1 day ago

                        Just 5pts behind atm. At leat I need Fulham to wipeout Lei CS. And then gials from Bamford and DCL

                  3. Rupert The Horse
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Just seen the crazy bugger has captained Maddison too.

                  4. g40steve
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Same here with wanbis

                • Rupert The Horse
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 8 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Oof. Two assists for Maddi. Got Grealish over him. Bugger.

                  1. Little Red Lacazette
                    • 4 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Grealish may outscore him.

                    1. Rupert The Horse
                      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                      • 8 Years
                      3 months, 1 day ago

                      Doubt it but hey ho, I’m doing ok.

                  2. Lazaretti
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    I took Zaha. Thought that Vardy missing will cause prblms for Leicester

                • mynameisq
                  • 7 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Andy so lucky! Is what I would say if my name was Andy, started Justin 😛

                • LewanGOALski
                  • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                  • 9 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Am I the only one who has NEVER owned Justin this season..? 😐

                  I switched him to Mitchell 5mins before the FPL season started...

                  1. WE GO FOR IT
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 5 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Me too! Has killed me every time!

                  2. Lazaretti
                    • 3 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    0/

                • Niho992
                  • 2 Years
                  3 months, 1 day ago

                  Salah starts yesssssss

                  1. Mr. O'Connell
                    • 8 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    Still gonna blank

                  2. Threat Level Midnight
                    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
                    • 2 Years
                    3 months, 1 day ago

                    You're the one that was spreading the BS. Please ban this fool